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International Association for Promoting Geoethics - IAPG

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Twitter: @IAPGeoethics The achievement of the IAPG objectives will lead to the:
• increase of a research base and the strengthening of the Geoethics from the scientific point of view;
• identification of methods for its more effective application;
• reflection on the role that geoscientists can have in society and the identification of suitable forms, positions, means and actions to be adopted by them;
• growth of awareness about our responsibility, both as Geoscientists and as members of the human community.

and above all to:
• the involvement of the community in the idea of a common and shared “geo-heritage”, to be considered as a cultural, educational and scientific value, as well as a social capital;
• a cultural renewal in the way we perceive and relate to our Planet;
• the sensitization towards the defense of life and the richness of the Earth, in all its forms.


How Can We Best Manage Shared Resources? (by Sarah Witman, in EOS) Researchers develop a mathematical model to shed light on the social, economic, and ecological challenges of governing resources such as fisheries, forests, grazing lands, and the atmosphere. In 1968, a biology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, named Garrett Hardin famously wrote about the tragedy of the commons, theorizing that when a natural resource is freely available to all people, we inevitably destroy it..... Read the full article at: Citation: Witman, S. (2017), How can we best manage shared resources?, Eos, 98, Published on 24 August 2017. IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

A quest: Citizen Science in Geosciences? (by Martin Bohle, in the IAPG Blog) At the EGU General Assembly (Vienna) in April 2017 my contribution "Citizen-science, Geoethics and Human Niche" concluded that geosciences should strengthen their citizen science activities. I like to prepare an updated view for the EGU General Assembly 2018*. Therefore, I seek information about citizen science projects / activities in geosciences; beyond geography..... Read the full post at: Picture credit: Sven Hedin, sculpture by Carl Milles, photo taken at Millesgarden; IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

Improving Our Understanding of El Niño in a Warm Climate (by Jenny Lunn, in EOS) A new study seeks to bring together the strongest features of proxy data and climate models to reduce uncertainties in reconstructions of past El Niño behavior. The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has been a preoccupation of scientists in recent years. It has also entered the public consciousness because this climatic phenomenon in the tropical Pacific Ocean has worldwide effects..... Read the full article at: Citation: Lunn, J. (2017), Improving our understanding of El Niño in a warm climate, Eos, 98, Published on 17 August 2017. IAPG - International ASssociation for Promoting Geoethics:

Communicating uncertainty in research papers (by Madeleine Jepsen, in AGU Blogosphere) Uncertainty is an important part of research, and scientists often carefully plan out which types of uncertainty analysis are suitable for their research. However, one important part of uncertainty — how it is verbally framed in the paper — is often overlooked in scientific disciplines. Joseph Guillaume, a postdoctoral fellow at Aalto University, said he was inspired to look into this issue while doing research on global water resources. While the research in this field was accepted and considered valid, he said traditional methods for uncertainty analysis were not being used, and indeed did not seem suitable. So how were the scientists dealing with the uncertainty present in their work?..... Read the full article at: IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

IAPG-Peru organizes MINERLIMA 2017, 3rd edition of the International Exhibition of Minerals (Feria Internacional de Minerales). This is an important event for promoting geoethics and geosciences in Peru. Dates: 9-12 November 2017. Venue: Spanish Center of Peru, Av. Salaverry 1910, Jesus Maria, Lima. Organizers: Humberto Chirif, Catterine Quiroz, Mirtha Villegas, Sonia Bermudez, Carlos Carnero, Carmen Galindo (IAPG-Peru). More information at: IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

Yesterday Roberto Greco (IAPG Continental Coordinator for South America), visited the IAPG headquarter at INGV in Rome (Italy) for a meeting with Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) and Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer). During the meeting Silvia, Roberto and Giuseppe discussed on IAPG activities in 2018 and in particular on initiatives to be taken in order to promote geoethics in South America more effectively. In the photo: on the left, Silvia Peppoloni, on the right, Roberto Greco. IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IAPG sessions on Geoethics at the RFG 2018 Conference IAPG is technical partner of the Resources Future Generations - RFG 2018 Conference (Vancouver, 16-21 June 2018), and organizes or supports 5 sessions on different issues of geoethics under the Theme "Resources and Society: Social & Ethical Values" (the extended description of each session is available at: Session RS13 - Geoethics and Environmental and Social Responsibility: Doing the Right Thing to Develop Resources for Future Generations Meeting the resource needs of future generations is a great challenge facing global society in which geoscientists and engineers have a vital role to play. The conveners invite submission of abstracts on practical and theoretical aspects of geoethics, and environmental and social responsibility, and on case studies, by focusing on challenges of sustainably meeting future demand for georesources. This session is jointly organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, and by the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining. Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni, Peter Bobrowsky, Selina Tribe, Kim Bittman, Jan Boon, Karen Chovan, Édith Garneau, Carol Jones, Roberto Lencina, Isabelle Levesque. Session RS10 - Geoethics in geoscience education, communication and citizen science: experiences, approaches, and concepts Sharing experiences and insights from education, communication and citizen science, particularly with reference to natural resource case studies, this session will explore the ethical principles and practices by which the geosciences can advance the well-being and progress of society. The session is jointly organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and the GSL - Geological Society of London. Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Iain Stewart. Session RS9 - Geoethics in georisks management for a safer and more resilient society A geoethical approach to georisks management needs to combine ethical, social and cultural values with technical and economic considerations, and to increase the awareness of geoscience community and society about the importance of developing actions of prevention. Abstracts on the ethical issues, including case studies, in studying and managing georisks in the geo-resources field are welcome. This session is organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics. Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter Brobrowsky, Vincent Cronin, Silvia Peppoloni, Stefano Tinti. Session RS8 - Geoethics and the Responsible Conduct of Scientists This session is focused on the ethical behaviors of scientists that are based on trust, respect, responsibility, fairness, justice and exercise of power. Interpersonal relations impact the ability of all scientists to work in a safe, inclusive, and productive environment. Contributions are invited that explore the principles, case studies, strategies, and resolution of issues that relate to professional conduct in areas such as supervisor-worker, faculty-student, editor-author, individual-team interactions, and client-contractor relations, and situational ethics such as coercion to engage unethical conduct of research, sexual harassment, bullying, and other coercive or abusive behaviors. Convenership: David Mogk, Susan Kieffer, Cindy Palinkas. Session RS12 - Forensic Geology: Ethics, Communication, Regulation and Opportunities Recently, forensic geology has experienced global expansion and development, facilitated by the success of the IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology, established in 2006. We will explore: ethical issues of geoscience data and expert opinion communication; assessing the strengths and limitations of geoscience data in forensic investigations; sampling strategies and geostatistics; ground search resources; application of geoscience databases; accreditation and regulation in forensic geology; alignment with forensic science; and case studies, including the illegal trade in geological commodities and international wildlife crime. In addition, dealing with sensitive human issues and handling human remains and sensitive data will be discussed. Convenership: Duncan Pirrie, Rosa Maria Di Maggio, Lorna Dawson, Laurance Donnelly, Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua. Read more about these sessions at: Start your abstract submission (Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2018): IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

New Data Record Extends History of Global Air Pollution (by Sarah Witman, in EOS) Researchers extend long-term aerosol records to the past 40 years by combining two existing algorithms to process satellite data over both land and sea. The World Health Organization calls air pollution the invisible killer, as it can be difficult to trace yet is responsible for 36% of lung cancer, 35% of pulmonary disease, and 27% of heart disease fatalities each year..... Read the full article at: Citation: Witman, S. (2017), New data record extends history of global air pollution, Eos, 98, Published on 22 August 2017. IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: #Geoethics #IAPG #Pollution

Engineers Are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant (from South Australia has announced plans to construct the world's largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta. The plant will use technology developed by SolarReserve to store energy in molten salt, giving it the ability to operate 24 hours a day..... Read the full article at: IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

IAPG is technical parter of the RFG 2018 conference in Vancouver. Look at the 5 sessions on different issues of geoethics we are organizing there and submit your abstract: Join us in Vancouver next year! IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

What is MinerLima? Look at here. MinerLima is organized by IAPG-Peru IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

Never forget how much disasters affect some areas in the world with devasting effects especially in terms of human lives. We, as geoscientists, should work together to help colleagues coming from those countries to have more voice there in order to better help local communities to defend themselves from natural risks and to increase their resilience. IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (


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